Official opening sees Troon Primary School extension spring into life
Education for children at Troon Primary School has been transformed following the completion of a significant new extension.
The South Ayrshire Council project was officially opened on Wednesday 1 November, with children, families, and community figures among the VIP guests. The £2million project involved the demolition of the former stand-alone dining hall; construction of a double height assembly / gym hall / dining hall; a single-storey building housing changing facilities, and kitchen; and improved accessibility, including a new lift. Internal alterations were also required to allow the extension to connect to the existing building, alongside the relocation and enlargement of the infant toilet accommodation. The project was delivered by Prestwick-based, Ashleigh Building (Scotland) on behalf of South Ayrshire Council. Councillor William Grant, South Ayrshire Council’s Portfolio Holder for Lifelong Learning said the benefits were clear to see, “We’re committed to giving our young people the best possible start in life, with a first-class education in quality facilities. “The flexible new extension allows the school to dramatically improve the quality of the sports and physical activity on offer, provides a central meeting point, and also allows the space to be opened up for community use. “This investment will help the school to adapt to changing needs, extend what it does, and most importantly enhance the standard of education for generations to come.” Catherine Hornby, Headteacher at Troon Primary School said, “The children are excited to be learning in this new environment, and will continue to be inspired and challenged in their learning of physical activity and sport. “As a school community, we can now all come together for assemblies to share our learning and celebrate success, with room to spare. The space also serves as our dining hall; a vibrant, social place where children can eat, meet and relax in bright, spacious surroundings. “At the close of the school day, our facilities continue to be enjoyed by children attending after-school activities and with public use in the evening, allowing the school to be enjoyed by the whole community.” Children at the school are already enjoying the new space with the feedback to the school being positive, “At lunch, we have more space, more tables and we get to play outside for longer.”; “It’s good to have changing rooms instead of changing in the classrooms for PE.” The project is part of a £94million programme of works being delivered across South Ayrshire, with the aim of enhancing standards through a widespread improvement programme.